It is hard sometimes to pick out a books about yoga since there are so many to chose from. So here are the fiver I use and an honorable mention since it is out of print. As a dedicated yogi you want to know and understand the asanas you are doing and going to class is one way to start. But one of the most powerful ways to understand them is through a home practice and study. That’s where the books come in. I have listed them in the order that I bought them.
1.The Sivananda Companion to Yoga. This is an older book so don’t be put off by the people in leotards. This book has great information in it and covers everything from sun salutations to pranayama. The description of the asana is thoughtful and includes information about the chakra associated with it.
2. Power Yoga by Beryl Bender Birch. This book covers a lot of ground, it is detailed and has wonderful pictures showing you different phases of a pose. It includes carpal tunnel syndrome, tight shoulders and other modern issues. It is a good solid resource even if you do not do astanga or power yoga. She makes sure you understand the poses and emphasizes correct form.
3. Yoga the Iyengar Way by Silva, Mira, and Shyam Mehta. I love this book. Detailed descriptions on how to do poses and modifications. This is a great book for learning form and how to modify poses to your level or for recovering from an injury. Iyengar yoga is methodical and precise which makes it perfect for beginners. It also has yoga practices laid out for you in the back. If I could only have one yoga book it would be this one.
4.The Kundalini Yoga Experience by Guru Dharam Khalsa and Darryl O’Keefe. This was my first book on kundalini yoga. It takes the time to talk about the chakras, yogic numerology, and how to apply that information to your yoga practice and create balance in your life. It also has sets or kryias for each chakra. It also covers breathing, mudras (sacred hand positions), and chanting. This book helped deepen my yoga practice.
5.Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness by Erich Schifmann. Schifmann came onto my yoga radar after he did the Ali MacGraw yoga video which I love and only have on video. Almost half of the book is the theory behind yoga and the mental process that happens before and after asana practice. He does a lovely job of describing and and showing you how to do asana.
6. Is an honourable mention since it is out of print. Kundalini Yoga: For Body, Mind, and Beyond by Ravi Singh. I bought my copy used off amazon. I remember looking at this book in the late ‘90’s but never bought it. This book offers sets for beginners on up, it has a little bit of everything in it. If you own any of Ravi and Ana’s DVDs you will notice some similar sets on some of the early DVDs. I use this book more than my other kundalini book at this point in tim